Mary Gay Scanlon

Born:August 30, 1959 (age 64)
Career:U.S. House of Representatives, 2019-present
Education:B.A., Colgate University
J.D., University of Pennsylvania

Mary Gay Scanlon assumed office as U.S. representative for Pennsylvania's 5th Congressional District, previously the 7th District, on Jan. 3, 2019. She was sworn in as the U.S. representative for Pennsylvania's 7th District on November 13, 2018. She was elected to both positions on Nov. 6, 2018, in a special election to fill the vacancy in the 7th District created by the resignation of Representative Pat Meehan and in the regular election for the 5th district.

Scanlon earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University in 1980 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984. After law school, she became a judicial clerk for the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. She has served as a volunteer attorney or board member for Support Center for Child Advocates since 1985. She previously worked as an attorney with the Education Law Center of Philadelphia, and has served as the national pro bono counsel at Ballard Spahr since 2004. In 2006, she was appointed vice chair of the Tax Commission. She served on the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District board from 2007 to 2015, serving as vice president and president during her tenure.

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